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Screen Australia allocates over $1.4 million to four documentary projects

20 April 2016 5:36 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Media Stockade's 2015 documentary The Surgery Ship.

Screen Australia has allocated more than $1.4 million to four projects under its Documentary Broadcast Program.. really pleased to support this strong slate of projects from high quality Australian story tellers,. said Screen Australia's Senior Manager for Documentary Liz Stevens.

.Most of these documentaries come with solid international finance attached which gives both Australian and international audiences a chance to broaden their understanding of the world through this diverse group of programs..

Funded projects include Media Stockade.s The Surgery Ship Series, an eight-parter for National Geographic and Sbs, based on Media Stockade founder Madeleine Hetherton's 2015 doc The Surgery Ship.

Also for National Geographic is Jade.s Quest from Jade Productions and executive producer Daryl Talbot, a journey to the top of the world with a 14-year-old who sets out to inspire young girls to chase their dreams.

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Oh no! It’s the new Churchill advert

2 April 2016 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

In these times of austerity the first thing to go is the showbiz razzle-dazzle and poor Churchy’s been left with an animated tyre

A British bulldog with a name that’s shorthand for wartime stoicism, Churchill is a solid mascot with a hint of stock nationalism thrown in for good measure. Despite looking like an entry to a Ukip junior colouring competition, he has long brought home and car insurance to the masses, minus any questionable politics. And with a vocabulary limited to “Oh yes” and “Oh no” he tends to leave those around him to do the heavy lifting when it comes to conversation.

In the past that’s meant cameos from telly personalities such as Vic Reeves, Martin Clunes and Dawn French. In these austerity-hit times, however, his companions have been replaced by cartoon thingamajigs: a plummy cat-scratching post; a paranoid jewellery box; and even a pair »

- Hannah J Davies

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Doc Martin's Martin Clunes visits Australia's islands in new documentary series

23 March 2016 5:44 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Martin Clunes in Doc Martin.

In news sure to warm the cockles of ABC-watching Doc Martin fans across the country, English actor Martin Clunes will voyage around Australia.s islands for a new documentary series produced by Prospero Productions and Buffalo Pictures for Seven..

Martin Clunes: Islands of Oz "turns the spotlight on the world.s biggest island, Australia, which is surrounded by its own vast ring of islands - more than 8,000 of them", according to a statement..

The series promises to be "a voyage around the adventure playgrounds, the best-kept secrets and the astonishing surprises of the islands of Australia".. always been fascinated by islands, each one a microcosm that tells us something different about our world, and Australia.s islands have it all,. said Clunes..

.Exotic creatures, spectacular marine life and of course the different people who inhabit them — their sheer diversity is truly amazing. »

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‘Doc Martin’s’ Martin Clunes on His Character’s Season 7 Arc: ‘We Never Want to Cure Him’

14 January 2016 12:10 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The doctor is in, once again. Season seven of fan-beloved British dramedy “Doc Martin” makes its U.S. debut on Thursday, and star Martin Clunes is excited for his American fans to see what’s in store for the dwellers of Portwenn in the episodes to come.

Clunes stars as the grouchy Dr. Martin Ellingham on the ITV series, bringing his medical services to a sleepy Cornish town after he must leave his post as a top London surgeon when he develops a fear of blood. Season six ended on a question mark as Ellingham’s beloved Louisa (played by Caroline Catz) and their baby were headed for Spain without him.

Calling in from his home in Dorset, Clunes spoke to Variety about the future of the series, the (vast) difference between the show’s British fans and its American ones, and whether Doc’s rudeness ever goes too far. »

- Marianne Zumberge

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Doc Martin set for one final series

13 January 2016 3:00 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

'Doc Martin' is set to return for one final series. The medical comedy drama - which sees Martin Clunes starring in the title role - has been given the go-ahead for series eight following the success of last year's ratings. Ian McNeice, who plays larger-than-life Bert Large in the show, has confirmed fans will be able to see the adventures of the highly-strung doctor early next year. Speaking to the Daily Mirror newspaper, he said: ''We were invited by ITV to a dinner to thank us for the ratings we had in October and November. They were the best we have had »

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